Obituary of Reverend William Forbes

DUNDEE COURIER, THURSDAY 3 JUNE 1943

47 YEARS’ MINISTRY IN FIFE
DEATH OF REV. W FORBES, CAIRNEYHILL CHURCH

A well-known Fife minister, Rev William Forbes, Cairneyhill Church of Scotland, who was joint clerk of Dunfermline and Kinross Presbytery, died in a Dunfermline nursing home yesterday at the age of 79.

He had been in failing health for some time and recently applied for a colleague and successor.

Mr Forbes, who was a native of Aberdeen, was ordained and inducted to the charge of Cairneyhill Church in 1895, and when he intimated his intention of retiring he had completed a ministry of over 47 years.

Joint clerk of the former United Free Church Presbytery of Dunfermline and Kinross, he was appointed to a similar office in the new Presbytery after the union of the Churches in 1929.

Interested in education, he served on the old School Board of Carnock, and when the school boards were superseded he was elected a member of Fife Education Authority.

He was a Justice of Peace for the county.

Mr Forbes is survived by three sons. His wife predeceased him three years ago.

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